Beyond its trademark style and overwhelming stores, IKEA is known for making products that aren’t exactly a joy to assemble. Now, though, the company is pushing furniture that can “snap together like a jigsaw puzzle.”
The big change comes from what IKEA is calling a “wedge dowel.” Invented by prototype engineers at the IKEA pattern shop in Älmhult, Sweden, the dowel was inspired by the desire to fix the company’s reputation. IKEA’s range and supply manager Jesper Brodin tells Dezeen:
“IKEA furniture typically contains quite a lot of fittings. We see some challenges in the time and interest in doing that. So we thought, what happens if we try to take them out totally? We are now into the implementation phase of making it possible for you to click your furniture together.”
The wedge dowel, which works through a series of clicks and requires no glue, got a soft roll out in 2014 with certain storage products and cabinets. The plan is to bring wedge dowels to IKEA’s entire furniture range, beginning with the wooden Lisabo table.
The hope is that the dowel will make products sturdier and last through multiple reassemblies. “People move a lot more now,” Brodin told Dezeen. “There are more divorces. So if you get kicked out [of your house] in the morning you can reassemble your table in the afternoon.”
And if, after your divorce, you’re wondering what to cook, IKEA’s kitchen of the future plans on teaching you how. So those are two less things to worry about.